Wide shift in opinion on police, race rare in US polling

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s rare for public opinion on social issues to change sharply and swiftly. And yet in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Americans’ opinions about police brutality and racial injustice have moved dramatically. About half of American adults believe police violence against the public is a “very” or “extremely” serious problem, according […]

Mid-April in America is an unforgiving time, and now this

For a generation, mid-April has delivered some of American life’s most cataclysmic moments — a week when young men have shot up schools, terrorists have blown up fellow humans, members of a religious sect have burned to death in their compound and environmental calamity has sullied the ocean. Now, as those traumatic, unwelcome anniversaries of […]

The Latest: Japan’s Olympics minister reaffirms no delay

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Japan’s Olympics minister has brushed off President Donald Trump’s suggestion the Tokyo Olympics be postponed. Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto told a news conference Friday that the International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers are “not considering cancellation or a postponement, absolutely not at all.” Trump’s suggestion was for Tokyo […]

Teen SC school shooter gets life for killing 1st grader

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A school shooter who was 14 when he killed a first grader on a school playground in South Carolina after killing his father in their home was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole. Jesse Osborne targeted Townville Elementary School because he had spent seven years there. Prosecutors, who pushed […]

Secret Service study: School attackers showed warning signs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most students who committed deadly school attacks over the past decade were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others but was never reported, according to a U.S. Secret Service study released Thursday. In at least four cases, attackers wanted to emulate other school shootings, including those […]

Prosecutor: Messages show teen plotted SC school shooting

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors who want a teen to serve a lifelong prison sentence for killing a first-grader on a South Carolina school playground showed a judge cellphone videos and messages Tuesday that they say demonstrate he planned the crime. Jesse Osborne pleaded guilty last year to two counts of murder for killing the […]

Prosecutor: ‘Satanist’ soldier sought government’s overthrow

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A prosecutor alleged in federal court Thursday that an Army infantry soldier charged with distributing information about building bombs is a Satanist who plotted to overthrow the U.S. government, while his attorney said he’s only an internet troll caught “spouting off” online. Jarrett William Smith, a 24-year-old private first class stationed […]

Bullock tries to find middle ground on guns

As a Democratic politician in deep-red Montana, Steve Bullock has long searched for a middle ground on guns. Now a presidential candidate in a party pushing hard for new gun-control laws, he still is. While many of his Democratic opponents go all-in on new proposals for restricting guns, responding to the latest string of mass […]

Trump’s divisive words collide with his call for unity

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday will bring a message aimed at national unity and healing to the sites of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. But the words he offers for a divided America will be complicated by his own incendiary, anti-immigrant rhetoric that mirrors language linked to one of […]

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